Whipping boys? I don't think so……

Morning all.

Well who’d have thought that eh, Italy were brushed aside with ease by Group D’s ‘whipping boys’ Costa Rica and of course, that result meant that the England team can start packing their suitcases ready for an early flight home. Before then though they too have to face Costa Rica on Tuesday and I wouldn’t be surprised if Roy Hodgson throws on all those who have yet to play or who have played very little, just to give them a bit of World Cup experience.

Costa Rica are already through to the knock-out stages and they truly deserve it. They have played without fear, been well organised and could cause a few sides problems as they progress. Joel Campbell had a quiet game last night and apart from winning what should have been a penalty, he was quite average.

Saying that, Mario Balotelli hardly looked like a Β£30 million striker did he and he’ll need to be a lot sharper when Italy play Uruguay. A draw in that match would be enough to see the Italians join Costa Rica in the next round.

Anyway, that’s why it’s never wise to judge players on one game or one tournament…..

France carried on their winning streak with a 5-2 victory over Switzerland. Giroud got the French team off the mark and later in the game turned provider after a pacey run down the left. yes, a pacey run down the left! I had to look twice to check it really was him….

Great result for a couple of our players but when you consider Djourou and Senderos were at the back for Switzerland, it was never going to be too difficult for them was it….

The late game saw Honduras lose 2-1 to Ecuador.

Today sees Argentina play Iran in the early 5pm game, Germany face Ghana at 8pm and then the late match is between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Don’t think I’ll be staying up for the late one….

Enjoy your Saturday, at least the sun is shining and it’s going to be hot……


101 thoughts on “Whipping boys? I don't think so……

  1. frednerk

    June 21, 2014 at 9:54am

    Morning all,
    Liked the interveiw after the italy result rico,

    Woy..will you change now for the last game to a 4-4-2,
    nar..747…..more leg room.

  2. Bt62 Gooner

    June 21, 2014 at 9:58am

    Morning Rico, Costa Rica, certainly deserve their progress, no super show from Joel or Mario yesterday, but overall as great team performance from CR over two games. Giroud must’ve have seen somebodies husband in the crowd for that run.Nice easy read, another sun day ahead, at least Jack and Ox, should return fresh and fit for the new season.

  3. Micko

    June 21, 2014 at 10:01am

    Morning rico,
    Never in my life did I think we’d go into a Costa rica game as under dogs, hopefully they’ll show some mercy and put out their 2nd team.

  4. paynemaxxy

    June 21, 2014 at 10:01am

    #activegunner.!can someone hurry up and tell old keshi that the key to beating Bosnia lies in cohesive midfield?nigeria is tactically the worst team at the world cup.

  5. Bt62 Gooner

    June 21, 2014 at 10:08am

    Fred, lol, surely something smaller would do,with all the deflated egos, less room required.

  6. BigSanty

    June 21, 2014 at 10:10am

    Good Morning Rico & to All HHers::: That was our Giroud in all round action rout of Switzerland. Some say he is master in matches against average team, but guess what…. Swiss team is no push over. Just hope Wenger compliments him by getting another great attacker in our line up for the season. Doing so we might see another Giroud like he did yesterday. & Rico I’ll be staying late as i ll be supporting the Super Eagle all thru even thou i know that Bosnia is might nick it.

  7. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 10:10am

    Morning guys.

    Thanks Bt and :) re Giroud..

    Micko, shows how far England have come… Or gone..lol

  8. frednerk

    June 21, 2014 at 10:11am

    The england team have just visited a Brazlian orphanage,
    it’s was heartbreaking to see their sad little faces with no hope.
    ..said jose aged 6

  9. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 10:14am

    Got to nip out for an hour, catch up later…

  10. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 10:15am

    :) fred….

  11. southyorkshiregunner

    June 21, 2014 at 10:18am

    Morning all on a lovely sunny day …..

  12. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 10:21am

    Micko, did you ever think Spain would be outsiders v Australia?
    Funny old game.
    Morning all.

  13. Bt62 Gooner

    June 21, 2014 at 10:28am

    Micko, may be they’ll put out a 2nd team and deliver the Coup de grace, morning all.

  14. Micko

    June 21, 2014 at 10:28am

    Hope you stick with the young goalie scott, he must have been gutted after the dutch game the other day.
    I can see your lot out tika-takaing them spanish, that’s not a prediction btw, I don’t do them anymore ! Shame cahill is suspended.

  15. Wath

    June 21, 2014 at 10:30am

    Any one for bowls……………

    Morning you lot…. That includes the upside down fella as well πŸ˜‰

  16. Micko

    June 21, 2014 at 10:38am

    Ah philippe senderos, so much was expected of him, turned down man united and madrid to play for us, promised the number 6 shirt, some big boots to fill, was all going quite well until Drogba showed up.

  17. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 10:57am

    Micko, Matt Ryan is potentially good enough to play in the PL.
    That was a horrible error, but he is a top young keeper.
    They all have shockers.
    I hope we make a decent game of it, and I’ll be happy with that.
    A win would be just rewards, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

  18. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 10:57am

    Howdy Wath.
    Be nice :)

  19. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 11:16am

    The Aussie kid Matthew Leckie is probably hoping to be sold for 8-10 million pounds.
    Not bad….his present club bought him in May for 1 million!!
    He obviously must back these performances up, but he’s shown the ability….one he just needs consistency.
    Still, pretty decent business!!

  20. Wath

    June 21, 2014 at 11:36am

    I’m always nice Scott I even share my GG…..

    Quite footie day…. sooooooooooooooo boring and that’s with the WC on…!

    You know there nothing going on when even the papers are quiet with their normal bullshit rumours…!

  21. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 11:54am

    It’s boring here as well.
    Bring back the Arsenal!!

  22. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 12:18pm

    Hello again all….

    Who have we signed?

  23. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 12:35pm

    Senderos and Djourou?

  24. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 12:36pm

    Seriously what happened to adam? I ve asking the same question over and over again. Is he ok?

  25. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 12:37pm

    Morning scotty oz…ausssies going home early huh πŸ˜€ told ya. Just stick to cricket and rugby. You ll be fine πŸ˜€

  26. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 12:40pm

    Morning guys super Mario could be the reincarnation of a certain king henry. He’s coming from the same country that almost ruined king Henry so I won’t put it pass him to take the league by storm and retire a legend with us. Come on arsene. Sign him up already.

  27. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 12:46pm

    Where is everyone?

  28. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 12:47pm

    :) Scott, just the thought makes me ill….

  29. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 12:48pm

    One of the sports journos wrote ‘Senderos and Djourou showed just why they are no longer in the Arsenal ranks’…


  30. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 12:49pm

    Hi goonster, Adam is fine, just busy I think….

  31. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 12:54pm

    Me too, Rico lol.
    Stan, your mob are blessed.
    Of course, we did beat you 6-1 the previous day in the World Cup Hockey final, but that’s nothing new lol.

  32. Wavy

    June 21, 2014 at 12:56pm

    Adam went to Cambridge last week and never………………….Ahhhhhh!
    Wrote again!

    Wenger said we’re all right up front and he is not looking to buy another forward! So no Balotelli. We have Campbell and the world class Le Quiff. He was superb last night as both goal scorer, provider and target man. Keep him fit and we have another gem.
    And I’m not convinced that he really wants to buy any more, maybe. A full back, but he has three, Bellerin, Coq and Jenkinson…. Eet iss enurf!
    A goalkeeper? He has three,eet iss enuff!
    A DM, zay ar soo urnfashonable!
    A winger? Vee af plintee!
    End of story……………No New Signings this Window!
    Hello everybody. Happy Saturday. Happy sunny Saturday!

  33. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 12:59pm

    Wavy, I do hope you are kidding… πŸ˜‰

  34. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 1:04pm

    Wavy, even I’m not positive enough to believe we don’t need new signings!
    Damn, we are in trouble if Arsene does.

  35. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:09pm

    Hahahaha I knew you re gonna throw that in my face scott. Well wait for it. The Olympics is around the corner. You ll feel the Dutch fury πŸ˜€

  36. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:09pm

    Morning rico thanks re adam was just worried.

  37. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 1:15pm

    Just keep that fury of yours on ya pants, Stan hahahahaha

  38. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 1:16pm

    I’m sure he’ll be back soon goonie, maybe a top signing will tempt him away from working…. πŸ˜‰

  39. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:17pm

    Scott πŸ˜€

  40. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 1:17pm

    Don’t start him on his pants Scott, you know what he’s like πŸ˜‰

  41. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 1:17pm

    There’s not even any transfer gossip today, well not new gossip…

    How boring… lol

  42. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:18pm

    I know maam trust adam to be the first to welcome pierre utongo umbongo πŸ˜€

  43. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:21pm

    There’s one maam…TV finally came out and denied he’s going to old toilet. That means he’s off me thinks.

  44. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 1:22pm

    Seems to be the general view goonie, players often say that then wave as they leave….

  45. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 1:25pm

    Off again, back later.

    Sleep well Scott… πŸ˜‰

  46. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:26pm

    Sad rico really sad. I really rate verm even though he’s an Ajax man. He’s odd but not to manure. Arsene ll probably offer him a new contract if he refuses to sign then wenger ll sell him abroad.

  47. Wavy

    June 21, 2014 at 1:27pm

    Me? Not serious! As if……!

  48. Scott From Oz

    June 21, 2014 at 1:27pm

    Yep, I’m off.
    Later guys.

  49. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:29pm

    Night scotty oz..

  50. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:31pm

    Wtf who’s messing with my post….grrrr. rico what’s going on?

  51. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 1:33pm

    I can’t find 3 of my post. What good is a goonster when he’s not allowed to express himself. Am like super man without his cape.

  52. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 2:50pm

    Where is everybody??

  53. ktr7

    June 21, 2014 at 2:56pm

    Good read rico on such a slow news day.I saw this quite astonishing stat earlier…

    Big stat via Kicker: In 99 games for the
    German NT, Per Mertesacker has only
    been shown 1 yellow card. Against
    Austria. In a friendly.


  54. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 3:01pm

    Howdy Kt Am Not Suprise. Per mert is a beast. How about with us? How many yellow cards and red?

  55. Bt62 Gooner

    June 21, 2014 at 3:33pm

    Big Chuks is off to Belgium, good luck to the lad.

  56. ktr7

    June 21, 2014 at 3:41pm

    Goonie for his Arsenal career am not sure but in the PL last season he conceded 12 fouls in the league!…which is about a foul every 3 games!

  57. Sukky

    June 21, 2014 at 4:01pm

    †Μ₯Ρ’ΖΊ only card I can remember is †Μ₯Ρ’ΖΊ red card agaisnt west brow.Why would he pick of cards,he’s not David luiz 50m.Giroud was superb yesternight,hope he continue like that with us.

  58. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 4:12pm

    Good Afternoon Sunshines and Moonrays.

    Seems that Aurier has agreed personal terms with AFC acc to NN

    We will soon see.

    4 players for the price of one…..RB.LB.CB.RM.

    His dad must have good DNA

    Howdy mates??

  59. ktr7

    June 21, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Howdy devil.You have a coaching background by all accounts and i’ve always wanted to ask you if you think we do enough tactical work at Arsenal in your opinion…

  60. allezkev

    June 21, 2014 at 4:56pm

    Afternoon All

    Er, offski.

    Busy today

  61. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 5:05pm

    Afternoon all…

    It’s a warm one….

  62. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 5:06pm

    Hi KT

    Already going Kev??? πŸ˜‰

    Imo I do not think that there is enough tactical work going on at AFC. Infact whenever AW had coaches doing tactical work we noticed it immediately on the pitch. Remember the CL run in 2006? And last season in the first 15 games?

    We are not enough proactive in this matter. We are reactive.

  63. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 5:08pm

    Devil, he’s been pretty good so far in the WC hasn’t he?

  64. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 5:08pm

    Afternoon Lady!!!!

    fancy a glass of vino??? Red or white??

  65. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 5:10pm

    It’s all paper talk DG…Aurier is still miles away from us. Didn’t mvilla agree terms with us too. Oh wait up what about mata higuain and remy? I ll believe it when arsene stands next to him holding up his jersey. My gut feeling is jenko and bellerin next season. Hope am wrong.

  66. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 5:18pm

    I like him Rico.

    Goonie…..I feel that this one has legs mate. Especially as he can play in four positions.

  67. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 5:20pm

    Afternoon Devil, a nice cold glass of vino verde would be smashing thanks… πŸ˜‰

  68. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 5:21pm

    Bt, totally agree and I too wish Chuks good luck. I still think we have missed a trick with him….

  69. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 5:21pm

    Mvilla was decent with his keeping skills too devil. I ll wait for it. Won’t hold my breath on this one.

  70. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 5:24pm

    Chuks ll be back rico. So glad he went aboard. Watch out for him in 2 years. He ll be a beast. Yaya toure who?

  71. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 5:47pm

    Totally agree goonster, just a shame we’ll have no buy-back option on him..

    Still peed off we let him go…

  72. allezkev

    June 21, 2014 at 5:47pm

    Afternoon Rico. A post, with a hint of Cava about it. πŸ˜‰

    Hiya Coach. It’s a hot one in London Town today, and crowded to boot…

    Rico, the cricketers are doing well. Bravo Robson…

  73. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 5:55pm

    Surely we had a clause in his contract to buy him back. The club wouldn’t be so stupid. Just hope maureen won’t buy him in 2 years time just to spite us.

  74. allezkev

    June 21, 2014 at 5:56pm

    Coach, none of us really know what Wenger does in training, we can only guess, but in your case, having UEFA qualifications I think you can maybe read situations better than most fans.

    For myself, I believe it is stupidity not to take into consideration what your opponents will do.
    Against lesser talented team, the quality of our players often carry the day.
    But when facing the top-five opponents and european opponents, it doesn’t make sense playing the same way.
    Eapecially if ‘that way’ has repeatedly failed in the past…
    To play the same way, that has failed in the past, and to expect a different outcome, is naive…

  75. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 6:06pm

    Chavs closing in on lavezzi. Now that team looks fearful already. God help us.

  76. frednerk

    June 21, 2014 at 6:12pm

    Have to give wenger a pat on the back as regards coaching and fitness methods kev.
    Before he came to the arsenal we coached players to run 10miles at a time pre-season = to 90 minute game some would say.
    Wenger changed this to 600metre runs max and then to recoverier runs like sprinting the length of the pitch and jogging back,the players loved it straight away,wenger uses the the stop watch the whole session,and he takes most.

  77. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 6:18pm

    Afternoon Kev, it’s hot everywhere :)

    Cava? Not had a drop in years… lol

    Cricket has taken a turn and not for the good… :(

  78. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 6:18pm

    goonster, he was released for free so no buy-back clause.. :(

  79. allezkev

    June 21, 2014 at 6:43pm

    Good points Fred…

    Rico, what’s the score?

  80. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 6:49pm

    The argies still 0-0 by Iran. only 2 mins left

  81. Hell Raising Devil

    June 21, 2014 at 6:52pm

    Messi in the 91st mins with a curling shot has scored

  82. Gonerjoe

    June 21, 2014 at 6:54pm

    That’s how a great player effects a game not like the darlings of the English press Rooney and Gerrard.
    What’s jack saying sorry to the England fans for he has nothing to be sorry about.

  83. goonster

    June 21, 2014 at 7:13pm

    Well joe he was part of the team wasn’t he? Look on the bright side joe. Your future is bright. You have some amazing kids coming through. We have the English core in arsenal all within the 24 year bracket. Plus crowley afobe aneke and the rest. All you guys need to do now is retire the lampards gerrards of this world they need to go…..shrek included πŸ˜€

  84. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 7:28pm

    England are ahead by 63 runs Kev, 320 – 6…

    Or did you mean the footie.. πŸ˜‰

  85. Gonerjoe

    June 21, 2014 at 7:32pm

    I’ve been saying for years the England manager should always pick any English player in and around the Arsenal first team.
    I mean look at Gibbs he has played more CL football than any of the two left backs in Brazil and to my mind better.

  86. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 7:33pm

    Roy should have taken Ashley Cole imho…

  87. potter

    June 21, 2014 at 8:01pm

    Agree with that Rico , he’s still the best left back in the country and Gibbs and Shaw should have gone as back up.

  88. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 8:07pm

    I’d agree re Gibbs and Shaw too potter, Baines has shown that he’s really not as good as many pundits think he is….

  89. Gonerjoe

    June 21, 2014 at 8:26pm

    The facts are the was not to much english talent left back in England.
    Gibbs or Cole are better than the two that went the only real talent not in Brazil is Walcott.
    I don’t know if the Ox would have made a difference in the the two matches he missed I’d like to think he would’ve.

  90. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 8:40pm

    Muller is wasting Ozil’s super passes. And then they will say our boy has been ineffective.

  91. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 8:41pm

    Oh, and hello, all.

  92. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 8:41pm

    Joe, I think OC would have made a huge difference, just like Lalana and Brkley may have done if played more. As would Jack….

  93. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 8:47pm

    agag, don’t let it all get to you… πŸ˜‰

    As long as our boys all come back uninjured, who cares what the idiots say…

  94. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 8:47pm

    That was so so so boring.

  95. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 8:48pm

    You’re right, rico. πŸ˜› Go get yourselves eliminated now, France and Germany. Haha.

  96. rico

    June 21, 2014 at 8:50pm

    :) agag…

    I’m off for the day, after all it is a Saturday night…

    Enjoy the footie agag and all.

    Catch up tomorrow..

    Night all…

  97. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 9:01pm

    Good night, rico. I am off to bed, now. Can’t stand more of this boring schmoring affair.

  98. agirlagunner

    June 21, 2014 at 9:55pm

    Ozil was Germany’s best player.

  99. Joaquim Moreira

    June 21, 2014 at 10:51pm

    Ozil was very good today
    Campbell yesterday, too

  100. rico

    June 22, 2014 at 8:00am

    Morning all…

    Lovely sunny one again here in the south…….

  101. rico

    June 22, 2014 at 9:42am

    New Post up.

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